East Asia

The U.S. Cavalry, outside of the Great Wall of China

When America Invaded China

The Boxer Rebellion still shapes Beijing’s attitude toward the United States.

Flowers and photographs lay at a democracy statue in Hong Kong.

Nathan Law’s Lesson for Democracies

The exiled Hong Kong activist makes a case for fighting global authoritarianism in a new book.

Iran and China sign cooperation agreement

Biden Can No Longer Ignore Growing Iran-China Ties

Washington may be tired of the Middle East, but Beijing is just getting started.


Foreign Policy Playlist Podcast: North Korea and the Billion Dollar Hack

The digital heist that began with the hack of Sony Pictures

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen reviews a military honor guard with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 16, 2017.

Time for America to Play Offense in China’s Backyard

Ignoring Cambodia and Laos is a strategic mistake—but engagement requires a smarter balance of values and interests.

People receive food from a nonprofit in Tokyo.

Japan’s New Prime Minister Takes On Abenomics’ Legacy

Fumio Kishida’s new populist measures look to shrink inequality and stir a sluggish economy.

U.S.-ASEAN Summit

America’s Asia Strategy Has Reached a Dead End

Washington should prioritize economic statecraft and stop thinking with its missiles.

A Chinese 100-yuan note is held in front of an image of a Chinese Red Guard.

Online Warriors Are a Risky but Useful Tool for Beijing

Cyber-nationalists are uncomfortably reminiscent of the Red Guards of the 1960s.

Typographical illustration of the Japanese word bimyou.

The Good, the Bad, and the Bimyou

Neither yes nor no, this idea can take you far in Japanese politics.

China and the Maldives’ presidents attend a welcome ceremony.

China’s Two-Ocean Strategy Puts India in a Pincer

The Chinese foreign minister’s island hopping is the latest sign of contestation over the Indo-Pacific.


The Problem With Sanctions

From the White House to Turtle Bay, sanctions have never been more popular. But why are they so hard to make work?

A large screen displays video of U.S. President Joe Biden (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping as people walk by during the evening CCTV news broadcast outside a shopping mall in Beijing on Nov. 16.

U.S.-China Relations Hit a Nadir in 2021

Relations between the world’s two largest economic powers are at historic lows.

Health workers wearing PPE stand next to buses at a cordoned-off section of the international arrivals area, where arriving travelers are to be taken into quarantine, at the international airport in Wuhan on Jan. 14.

China Reckons With Omicron’s Specter

The biggest country to maintain “zero COVID” faces its greatest challenge yet.

U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling announces that Charles Lieber was arrested.

Fibs About Funding Aren’t Espionage, Even When China Is Involved

The U.S. Justice Department’s China Initiative has become dangerously broad.

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